Use the Danger Zone to make sure your content won’t be chopped off

Have you ever had a bad surprise while flipping through your yearbook pages? Finding out that a text is too close to the edge of the page, or having a photo chopped off a little more than expected? Well, to avoid this, make sure you use the Danger Zone systematically. Here is how.

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What is the Danger Zone?

The Danger Zone is a feature that helps you see if your photos and texts fit correctly in your pages. Not using it could be problematic: important content might be chopped off in the production process or absorbed by the binding. To avoid these problems, I highly recommend you use the Danger Zone:

– Directly in the page editor, you will see a dotted line all around the page. When you are creating your page, just make sure important content doesn’t stay out of these margins.


– In the Proof & Approve section, the Danger Zone is marked in red. Checking that there is not important content in this area is part of the approval process before the yearbook goes to print. Having faces or texts in the red area is definitely not recommended.

How to use the Danger Zone when I create a page?

In Fusion Yearbooks, creating a page can be done in several ways. Whatever you choose, you should definitely keep the Danger Zone in mind. Here is how it works.


Option 1: creating a page using our free professionally designed layouts

This is the most popular way to design your yearbook pages. You will notice that the layouts already fit within the Danger Zone. Depending on your content, you will just have to check if everything fits correctly on the page.


Option 2: creating your own design from scratch.

You can design your pages from scratch by dragging your photos, adding your texts, using free graphic elements and backgrounds available in our page editor. This option is totally flexible. But you need to check that your content fits in the page. Using the Danger Zone becomes an absolute priority.

Option 3: creating a page using our automatically generated grids.

You can also use empty grids that are automatically generated by our page editor. Warning: automated grids are not designed to fit within the danger zone.

You can make a grid fit correctly on the page in 3 easy steps:

1 – Drag a grid on your page.
2 – Select the grid and just resize it to make it fit in the Danger Zone.
3 – You can now add your content.

Examples: what’s good and what’s not?


In the example above, you can see that having more white space all around makes the page nicer. In the bad version, the text would definitely be absorbed by the binding or too close from the border when the book is cut.


Similar example above. However when the pages will be cut before binding, all the photos placed all around the page will be chopped off a little bit. So they won’t all have the same size anymore and it will certainly affect the design.


You can use an image as a full background. However, make sure you do not have any faces in the Danger Zone.

Now that you understand the importance of the Danger Zone, feel free to try it out in your designs! If you have other questions just leave a comment below or give us a shout at [email protected]

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After a degree in corporate journalism and 4 years in a publishing agency in Paris, Julien fell into digital. Passionate about content in general, he loves turning good ideas into practical tips & tricks. That's just one of the things he does at Fusion Yearbooks, as a Digital and Content Manager.

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